SpaceX chief Elon Musk answers questions following the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod contest at the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles on July 21, 2019.
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In a not so humble brag on Wednesday night, Tesla boasted that it beat the record for the speediest sedan at Laguna Seca, the famed race track in Monterey, California.
The organization drove the lap with a new, prototype version of its pure battery electric sedan, the Model S, one with 3 motors and a brand new’Plaid’ powertrain.
The business’s official Twitter account crowed:”We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36. 555 during innovative R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis model (That is a second quicker than the record for a four-door sedan)”
The next nearest record to get a four-door was set with a 2016 Cadillac CTSV back in 2015.
A movie that Tesla shared revealed a driver carrying a lap at Laguna Seca, going at rates as large as 115 mph in some stretches. Tesla didn’t disclose the name of the person behind the wheel, but stated in another tweet they were “A member of the Tesla development team (amateur driver).”
Elon Musk touted the lap as a “record” in a previous tweet. He wrote on Tuesday: “Model S just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca, video tmrw.”
However a spokesperson for Laguna Seca composed in an email to CNBC: “We were not officiating while the Tesla was testing on the track. Official records only happen during sanctioned events where a sanctioning body is officiating.”
Tesla stated it had no additional information to provide about the Laguna Seca lap at this moment.
The Plaid powertrain will gradually be included in future versions of Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Roadster vehicles, but not its Model 3 or Model Y, according to CEO Elon Musk. He disclosed that information, in addition to vague pricing information, while conversing his followers and fans on the social network, also on Wednesday night.
Especially, Musk composed: “Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.” Answering questions from fans and followers on Twitter, Musk also disclosed that the company plans to provide its Plaid powertrain for both “base” and the more expensive “founders series” variations of their new version of the Roadster.
Last week, Musk said he would send a Model S to Nürburgring, speaking to some superbly challenging track there, the Nordschleife a.k.a. “Green Hell.” That guarantee implied that Musk considers the Model S could best Porsche’s brand new battery electrical offering, the Taycan, on its home turf.
Following a few mocking remarks about the Taycan, upon its introduction, Musk did finally tip his hat, writing the Porsche EV appears to be a fantastic car, and had made great time in Nürburgring.
Since Musk threw out the Model S challenge, Nico Rosberg — the pro race car driver — openly offered his services for its ultimate record effort in what’s predicted to be a tuned and modified version of the Model S.